Graham’s Holiday Shoot!

Those of you who follow me on Instagram may have seen a sneak peek of this extremely handsome little fella!  This is Graham, and it was a pure joy to work with…from his smile, his curiosity and his dance moves we had a really good time on this shoot.  As I sat editing his portraits I began to smile, because his smile made me smile.  Thank you Graham for such a wonderful shoot and for being such a wonderful happy little boy.

Enjoy!

 

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Being Grateful!

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to share some exciting news and give you all the opportunity to learn more about me and why I became a Photographer.

I was recently given the opportunity to share my story with VoyageAtl.com as one of ATL’s most inspiring stories .  I am truly grateful that I can share this with you all. Some of you might even see a familiar face or two.

Please take some time to read the article at VoyageAtl.com if you have problems with the link you can also find it at http://www.voyageatl.com Inspiring Stories section at the top of the homepage as part of the Norcross collection.

Thank you for taking the time to read and share but most importantly, being apart of my journey…

 

Mommy and Me Shoot!

Since it’s #fbf and I never posted these images of the beautiful Ari.  I thought today would be a wonderful day to post them.

Ari is one of my maternity babies so I’m always excited to have the little ones come for their photoshoot!  She was so sweet and such a very happy little girl.

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Take a look at her lemonade theme birthday shoot!

 

 

 

 

 

Long Lost Family

Sometimes I find myself being completely taken by a television show that totally touches my heart.

Last night I had one of those moments while watching the show Long Lost Family.  I sat there listening to the stories of two families, with two totally different stories.   I thought about how they must’ve felt growing up knowing they were adopted but not knowing their biological parents.  I listened to their stories and thought…wow, what amazing people to finally be able to have closure and say ok I understand why… and I thank you for loving me enough to allow me to have an Amazing life.

I know there are many adoption stories and not all of them have a happy ending.  But these two stories touched my heart and allowed me to reflect on being a mother, mommy, mom.   To see and feel how truly blessed I am to have children who love, who forgive and have such free spirits. I consider myself to be Extremely, BLESSED!

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Finding peace when traditions change.

I hope everyone had the opportunity to really and truly enjoy and embrace the holidays.

As I was looking over several of my sessions from 2015, There was one in particular that stood out to me. Though it was a traditional family portrait, mom and dads hands immediately caught my eye.  When the children are gone, they will still have each other.  It’s a relationship that is built before the children and the tradition.

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A family of love! Mom and Dad holding hands, I had to pause for a moment to let them know I appreciate it. It’s the little things.

I thought, as parents do we really prepare our selves for change when our children grow up and leave home? Those traditions that we are use to during the holidays, will they stay the same? When our children become husbands, wives, mothers or fathers…will they leave their home town and establish their children’s home town?

Every year since my oldest daughter was five we’ve gone to my cousins house on Christmas Eve, we play games, crack jokes, my daughter builds a gingerbread house with her older cousin, we laugh and have an absolutely wonderful time.

Well in 2015, the tradition changed and I had to really come to terms that my younger cousins lives were now changing. So that meant a change for my family during this time of the year also. And though this change in tradition is sad and kind of hard to adjust to, not only for me but my oldest daughter.  I had to quickly adjust and be ok with this change because there were so many positive and exciting things that were coming from this change.

  1. go every other year instead of every year
  2. maybe start the celebration earlier
  3. let those who can’t make it know you understand and you still love them. (it’s hard for them to make the change also)

Even with the changes, the #gingerbread house was still completed by my daughter and cousin(with the help of eating the candy from the little one). Sometimes it’s not about when the house is built, it’s about the relationship that’s being built while building the gingerbread house!

If we hold on to the tradition instead of the memories that have come from the tradition…then we miss out on all the beautiful memories that are to come from the changes.

How will You Adjust to change in your Traditions?